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Attendance Matters

School attendance is important

Here at The Grange School, we want every child to have every opportunity to reach their full potential. In order to make the most of these opportunities, children need to be in school all day, every day.

There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results. Children who miss school frequently, will fall behind in their work. This will affect their future prospects.

Your responsibilities as a parent 

Parents and carers have a duty to ensure their child has a suitable education either by regular attendance at a school or by home-schooling. 

Parental support is critical in ensuring that children achieve in education.

What the law says

Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that children of compulsory school age receive a full-time education 'suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs that they may have either by regular school attendance at school or otherwise'. Section 7 Education Act 1996.

Parents whose children are on a school register and fail to ensure the regular school attendance of their children, may be guilty of an offence under Section 444 or 444(1a) of the Education Act 1996. The council may issue a penalty notice or take other statutory action through the courts to secure regular school attendance.

Absence from school

Unauthorised absence - this is when children are absent from school without the authority of the Head Teacher. The following will be categorised as unauthorised absence:

. birthday treats

. day trips

. shopping

. hairdresser visits

. over-sleeping

. taking a long weekend off

. holidays in term time

. taking the rest of the day off before or after a medical appointment

Authorised absence - there are very few reasons why absence may be authorised and in all cases we ask that you contact us and explain the reason why your child is absent. If you need to take your child out of school in exceptional circumstances, please contact the school and we will explain our procedures for requesting this absence.

We are currently seeing an unprecedented number of absences, due to a variety of reasons, including holidays. Holidays in term time are not authorised. We appreciate that holidays are considerably less expensive during termtime, but please consider the effect that this period of absence has on your child:


Days absent in an academic year

Absence %

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Our attendance target for each child is 96%. Once attendance is at or below 95%, we work with you to improve your child's attendance. We also measure whole class attendance and school attendance. These are currently below 96%, which needs to improve please. Reception class attendance last week was below 90% in both classes. 

We appreciate that all children are ill sometimes and very occasionally, they should be kept off school. However, this should only happen when your child is simply too unwell to be in school or has a contagious condition. Coughs and colds are not a reason to stay at home. If you are in any doubt, please ask our advice. Please also be assured that if your child becomes too unwell during the school day, we will always contact you. 

We appreciate the support you give to us and we are asking you to support us in improving your child's attendance figures, if this is required. If your child's attendance is below 96%, you will shortly receive an attendance report. Please think about the reasons why your child's attendance has been unacceptable this year and how this can be improved. If you need any support to do this, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Mrs Wagg or Mrs Hennessy. 

As always, your support is very much appreciated.

Vicki Masters

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Doors open at 08:40 Monday to Friday

End of School is at 3:15 each day

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The Grange School, Staverton Rd, Daventry, Northants. NN11 4HW

Phone: 01327 705785


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